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Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Welcome to the United States Patent Service, Inc. (“USPS”) Web site (the “Site”). By accessing this Site, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below (the “Terms”). If you do not agree to all of the Terms, please do not use the Site. USPS may from time to time modify or revise the Terms by updating this Web page. Your use of our Site following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the Terms as changed. If any change is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate your use of the Site.

COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK NOTICE

This Site and its contents, including, but not limited to, text, photographs, graphics, illustrations, video, sound, and other material (all such content collectively referred to as “Content”) are protected under United States and international copyright laws and are the property of USPS or its third-party licensors. All rights reserved. All logos, splash screens, page headers, custom graphics, and button icons displayed on this Site are service marks, trademarks, and/or trade dress (collectively, “Marks”) of USPS or its third-party licensors. Except as specifically permitted herein, copying, distributing, transmitting, displaying, modifying, selling or participating in the sale of, or otherwise exploiting or using any Content or any Marks in any form or by any means without the express written permission of USPS is prohibited and may violate the copyright or trademark laws of the United States and/or other countries.

The Site and its Contents are intended solely for personal, noncommercial use by the users of our Site. You may download or copy the Contents displayed on the Site for the sole purpose of using the Site as a personal resource, provided that you maintain any notices contained in the Content, such as all copyright notices, trademark legends, or other proprietary rights notices. No right, title, or interest in any downloaded materials is transferred to you as a result of any such downloading or copying.

YOUR COMMENTS

We appreciate your comments, remarks, feedback, suggestions, ideas, and other submissions you disclose or transmit to us (collectively, “Comments”). You grant USPS and its affiliates a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display (in whole or in part) your Comments, your name, and any related copyrights, moral rights, or other intellectual property rights.

PRIVACY

It is our policy to respect the privacy of individuals who visit the Site or provide Comments to us. Our privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”), which you may view below, is incorporated herein by reference. By accepting these Terms, you expressly consent to the use and disclosure of your personally identifiable and other information as described in the Privacy Policy.

LINKED SITES

This Site may contain links to other Web sites (“Linked Sites”). USPS does not operate or control any information, products, or services on the Linked Sites and does not endorse or approve any products or information offered at Linked Sites. You acknowledge and agree that your access or use of any Linked Site is at your own risk.

DISCLAIMER

THIS SITE, ITS CONTENTS, AND ALL INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES CONTAINED IN OR OFFERED THROUGH THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. USPS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. USPS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE OR ITS CONTENTS WILL BE COMPLETE, ACCURATE, UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE OR THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. ALL INFORMATION ON THE SITE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold USPS harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising from or related to your (i) use of the Site or (ii) violation of any of these Terms.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

IN NO EVENT SHALL USPS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SITE OR GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED THROUGH THIS SITE, WHETHER IN AN ACTION UNDER CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER THEORY, EVEN IF SMW HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. USPS’s total liability for any claim arising from or related to your use of this Site shall not exceed one hundred dollars (US$100).

MISCELLANEOUS

These Terms are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. If any provision of these Terms shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. These Terms are effective unless and until terminated by USPS.

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PRIVACY PHILOSOPHY

United States Patent Service, Inc. (USPS) respects your privacy, and we will protect any information you give to us. We have developed this privacy policy to explain our practices, and this policy is incorporated into, and subject to, our Site’s Terms of Use. In the process of working with you to build and enhance your Web site, we will ask you for information about yourself and your business. USPS does not intend to obtain any personal information from minors. If you are under the age of 18, please do not provide us with any personal information. We collect this information to better understand your needs in order to build the right solutions for you. In building those solutions, we may engage third parties, affiliates or partners to assist us, and, in connection with such assistance, we may provide them with information that you have provided.

We will treat the information you give to us in confidence and will not disclose that information to others without your approval. When you purchase a Website package from us, you consent to having us provide information about you to third parties for the express purpose of fulfilling that purchase. We will never knowingly provide this information to anyone for any other purpose.

To drive traffic to your Web site and to make your Web site easy to find, we will disclose keywords about your business, your business name, general and specific descriptions about your business, information about your location, and information about your products and services to third-party services and to the general public. We will never disclose any information that you ask us to keep confidential, and we will never disclose financial information unless you ask us to do so.

Your privacy is very important to us. However, due to the existing legal and technical environment, we cannot ensure that your personally identifiable information will not be disclosed to third parties in ways not described in this policy. The only circumstances under which personally identifiable information about USPS users will be shared in a manner inconsistent to that stated above is if we believe disclosure is reasonably necessary to:

1 comply with the law or legal process;
2 protect or defend the rights or property of USPS or others;
3 enforce our Terms of Service; or
4 respond to claims that the content of any communication on the USPS system violates the rights of others.

For example, we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Additionally, we can (and you authorize us to) disclose any information about you to private entities or to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to address or resolve inquiries or problems.

We will aggregate user information and perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our members and visitors, to measure overall demographics and interests regarding specific areas of the USPS domain and to analyze how and where to use our resources. USPS may share general demographic and interest information with third parties and sales prospects, but such aggregate information is not personally identifiable. We also use the aggregate data collected to inform our sponsors or affiliates as to the number of people who have seen and “clicked” on their advertisement. In addition, USPS may compile and disclose aggregate information about its users for promotional or other purposes. For example, we might want to disclose that a certain percentage of our users are located within a particular geographic area or fall within a particular age range.

USPS uses both session cookies and persistent cookies (for an explanation of cookies, please see http://www.epic.org/privacy/internet/cookies/ ). Cookies help us determine how long users view particular content, which particular content (e.g., advertising) users view, which content or sites users link to, and which USPS services members and visitors use.

Persistent cookies are used if you choose to enable the auto-login feature. These cookies are randomly generated and uniquely assigned to each user. They are not associated with any personally identifiable information such as name or password.

Session cookies help us keep track of when a person is logged in. Once a user is logged in, session cookies allow us to personalize information on our Web site for them, as well as keep track of lists to which they have subscription privileges.

How can I change or delete information about me stored at USPS?
As a registered USPS user, you have easy access to your information, along with the ability to change it. And, you can always choose to unsubscribe from any list you’ve signed up to at USPS.

How can I unsubscribe from email lists at USPS?
Use the Unsubscribe link that appears at the bottom of every message you receive from a USPS list. Clicking the link takes you to an unsubscribe page at the USPS site, where you’re asked to confirm that you want to unsubscribe. Click the confirmation link, and you are unsubscribed.

How does USPS protect the privacy of children?
As the USPS service is not intended for use by children under the age of 18, there are certain safeguards in place to prevent children from registering with our service. However, as with any Web site, children can access all parts of the site which are accessible to the general public.

Notification of Changes
If USPS intends to use your personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you via email. You will have a choice as to whether or not we use your information in this different manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our web site notifying users of the change. In some cases when we post such a notice we will also email users who have opted to receive communications from us notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices.